ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — In need of depth at the safety position, the Redskins claimed strong safety Duke Ihenacho off waivers from the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
Ihenacho started 14 games for Denver last season and three more in the playoffs as the Broncos won the AFC and reached the Super Bowl. He forced three fumbles.
Ihenacho confirmed the news on his Twitter account, @NachoLyfe. The Chicago Tribune first reported the signing.
Ihenacho would be an immediate candidate to start at strong safety after the suspension of Brandon Meriweather for the first two games of the regular season. The NFL suspended Meriweather last week and denied his appeal on Saturday after an illegal hit on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith.
Bacarri Rambo, a second-year pro, started at strong safety in the preseason finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ryan Clark will start at free safety.
Trenton Robinson is the other safety on the roster. To make room for Ihenacho, who was cut by the Broncos on Saturday, Washington released safety Akeem Davis.
Davis had performed well on special teams and coaches raved about his knowledge of the playbook. But he was the odd man out to add a more established player. The Redskins later signed Davis to their 10-man practice squad.
Ihenacho, 25, enters his third season in the NFL. He appeared in two games with the Broncos in 2012. Ihenacho, a physical player at 6-foot-1, 207 pounds, played college football at San Jose State.